Vintage RCA Victor Radios

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2015-06-26 10:33:58

Vintage RCA Victor Radios are original radios manufactured by the American company RCA.

Brief history and description

RCA was a child company of the larger electronics company General Electric.

An abbreviation for ‘The Radio Corporation of America’, it provided several innovative breakthroughs in radio technology as well as creating several striking radio designs of its own, operating under the name RCA Victor after purchasing Victor Talking Machine Company in 1929.

The company was in operation until the mid-1980s.

Guide for collectors

Antique RCA Victor radios appear at mainstream auctioneers as well as more specialised auction houses. They are also available for sale online, particularly at online auctioneers such as eBay, and often with low start prices.

As ever when making an online purchase, collectors are advised to ensure the authenticity of a particular piece before bidding or purchasing, so as to avoid disappointment. If in doubt as to the authenticity of an RCA Victor radio, they are advised to seek specialist assistance.

Value

The highest prices paid at auction for an antique RCA Victor radio include $8,500, for an RCA Victor television/radio cabinet, which auctioned from Rago Arts & Auction Centre on 25th April 2009.

As long as they are in good condition, the units normally sell for several hundred dollars at auction, as evidenced by the sale of a walnut RCA Victor console radio with hinged doors for $650 from Skinner on 23rd August 2008, and the sale of an RCA Victor floor radio for $325 from Santa Margarita Auction Bar on 6th March 2011.

The lowest prices paid for an RCA Victor radio include just $5, for an RCA Victor floor radio with a degree of external damage, which auctioned from Dennis Auction Service, Inc. on 15th August 2008.

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